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Call for applications for Music Generation Co-ordinator positions 

Louth, Mayo and Sligo Vocational Education Committees each invite applications for the position of Co-ordinator, Music Generation ( X 3 posts).

A Co-ordinator will be appointed by each VEC and will be responsible for managing an extensive music education programme on behalf of Music Education Partnerships in each of the three counties - Louth, Mayo and Sligo.

All three counties have recently been selected for participation in Music Generation - Ireland's National Music Education Programme which is funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds. Music Generation aims to help children and young people to access vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area.

Fixed Term Contract (Duration: 3 yrs). €40,000 - Fixed Term Salary. Appropriate music qualification essential.

For further information and an Application Form for each position, please contact relevant VEC:

Louth: (042) 9334047 /  / Email:

Mayo: (094) 9024188 /  / Email:

Sligo: (071) 9194800 /  / Email:  

Closing date for receipt of completed Application Forms to relevant VEC: 12.00 noon on Friday 24th June, 2011.


Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

T: 096 73593




Andy Irvine

Wednesday 8th June, 8pm

One of the legends of Irish folk music, Andy Irvine is one of the finest singer/songwriters of his generation, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland.

Hailed as "a tradition in himself", musician, singer, songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his 45-year career. From Sweeney's Men in the mid 1960s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 1970s, from Patrick Street to Andy Irvine & Dónal Lunny's Mozaik, Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.As a soloist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie. His repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dances and a compelling cannon of his own self-penned songs.

Adm: €12 / €10. Booking advised.


O Emperor

Thursday 23rd June, 8pm

O Emperor – Paul Savage (guitar, vocals), Richie Walsh (bass, backing vocals), Alan Comerford (guitar, backing vocals), Philip Christie (piano, vocals) and Brendan Fennessy (drums, backing vocals) – have been together for the best part of a decade. The bandmates met while still in secondary school and played together all through college, learning to write and perform their own material.

Specialising in ambitious melodic music, their songs range from spectral, haunting soundscapes to jaunty pop songs. Last year saw them touring Ireland and the UK as guests of Mumford & Sons, as well as gigging across the UK and throughout Ireland in their own right. Appearances on RTE Television’s flagship arts show The View and a slot on the legendary Other Voices music series further widened their appeal.

Their debut album Hither Thither was released in 2010 to critical acclaim, and was nominated to for the prestigious Choice Music Prize 2011.

Adm: €12 / €10. Booking advised.




Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo.

T: 094 9023733




Thursday 9th June @ 8.00pm

Seán Tyrrell, Kevin Glackin & Ronan Browne

Three of the most highly respected musicians on the Irish traditional/folk scene come together for a night of great music and song. Seán Tyrrell, renowned for his unique singer/songwriter talents, legendary fiddle player Kevin Glackin and creative uilleann piper Ronan Browne combine their talents on stage as part of the Tyrrell Glackin Browne CD Tour. Seán, Kevin and Ronan have been playing and performing together since the 1980s but have only now (after major hounding by their fans) recorded a CD of songs and tunes.  The CD is “nicely balanced between gentle and wild, without suffering from that modern ailment, over-production - just warm, friendly music and singing.”  Can’t say fairer than that. The CD will be released by Cló Iar Chonnachta in May.

The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.

Adm: €15 / €12 (concessions)





T: 097 81079


Frankie Gavin & De Dannan

Frankie Gavin & De Dannan will perform in Áras Inis Gluaire as part of the 'Up Close and Personal Tour'. In a move which Frankie Gavin states is largely motivated by the band’s wish to lift the hearts of the Irish people during this extraordinary economic climate in Ireland, the band will, for the most part, bring its music to local communities throughout rural Ireland where concert-goers will be saved the expense of travelling to established venues in bigger centres, and where admission fees will be price sensitive. The performances will take place in an intimate setting and it will allow many people to witness the talents of the world’s greatest fiddle player and his top calibre band up close and meet the performers in person. Don’t miss it! Friday, 10 June, at 8.30 p.m. Admission is € 20 for adults, €18 for OAPs and €10 for under 16s.



WhistleBlast Quartet in Scoil Phadraig, Westport

The WhistleBlast Quartet – Ken Edge (Saxophones and Clarinet), Mary Curran (French Horn), Síle Daly (Oboe and Cor Anglais) and Andrew Synnott (Piano) – will be visiting Westport, County Mayo to facilitate an exciting and creative three-day Concert/Workshop programme with the children of Scoil Phadraig  National School on June 13th, 14th & 15th. As always this three-day visit will end with a wonderful Free Family Concert for all the community and all ages in Holy Trinity Church, Westport on Wednesday 15th June at 6 PM. The Quartet, who will provide the main part of this performance, will play excerpts from Bizet’s L’Arlesienne, Piazzola’s Libertango, Fauré’s Pavane, The James Bond Theme and much more!

The children of Scoil Phadraig will end the concert with a performance of a short piece they will have composed with the Quartet based on a Westport theme! Please come along and enjoy!

The WhistleBlast Quartet is funded by Mayo County Council, The Arts Council and The National Concert Hall Learn & Explore Programme. Participating schools contribute to the programme cost.

The Quartet will also be facilitating its annual Teacher Training Course in Mayo Education Centre, Castlebar from July 4th to 8th, based on its recent publication “A Whistle and a Blast for Your Class”. This is for all primary teachers – with or without musical ability!

The Quartet is available for concerts, workshops and recitals throughout the country. Please look out for future WhistleBlast performances and learn more about the Quartet’s work by visiting our website at .



Westport’s amazing Traditional Music Show

Every Wednesday 9.00pm @ Hotel Westport June 15th - Sept 28th

This superb Mayo traditional music summer show is based on the real-life story of the legendary Irish Pirate Queen Grace O’ Malley or Gráinne Mhaol.   Pirate, chieftain, lover and mother in 16th century Ireland Gráinne Mhaol is an iconic figure in Irish folklore.

‘The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol’ spectacular summer show at Hotel Westport contains a wealth of talented musicians and dancers from all over the west of Ireland.  Lord of the Dance fiddle player Cora Smyth headlines the show with renowned balladeers James Kilbane and Jenny Mulvey, Latino dancer Pollyanna Guedes, All-Ireland champion box player Darragh Healy and Ireland’s most gifted Sean Nós dancer Liam Scanlon all on board for this magical and mythical voyage into Mayo.

The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol traditional music show is full of energy and enthusiasm and keeps audiences of all ages gripped from start to finish as it blends the old and the new; the contemporary and the ancient, the Sean Nós dancing against the more modern steps and styles of Irish Dancing. 

The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol is an incredible, unique, entertainment show that combines old traditional Irish dances with the passionate Latino rhythms of Tango, Flamenco and Salsa in a performance of strength and passion.

The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol was described on RTÉ Radio as ‘One of the best summer shows in Ireland’ while the Irish Times stated ‘This is a superb production full of passion and energy’.

This show is a must see for every visitor to the west this summer.  The show runs every Wednesday night at Hotel Westport from June 15th until to September 28th. 

Tickets are €25 and are available from or 00353 (0) 98 25122.  Tour bookings from or 00 353 (0) 98 56582

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